SUN writer Deborah James announced in a heartbreaking post on Instagram that she is receiving end-of-life care.
She has built a large following on Instagram and through her podcast – You, Me and the Big C.
Who are the moderators of You, Me and the Big C?
Deborah James, who was honored with a honorary degree, is the host of the podcast entitled You, Me and the Big C: Putting the can in cancer.
The 40-year-old mother of two co-hosts the podcast with British cancer activist Lauren Mahon.
The podcast was also hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live news anchor Rachael Bland, who died in 2018 at the age of 40, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It is now co-hosted by Rachael’s widower, Steve Bland.
When did the podcast start and what is it about?
The podcast launched in March 2018 and received critical acclaim – winning multiple podcast awards.
You, Me and the Big C is a podcast about living with cancer but with a lighthearted vibe.
It describes itself as “the coolest club you never want to be a part of”.
The podcast team wants you to feel like “your best friends, your sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers”.
In Deborah’s final episode, titled “Deborah James’ Last Dance,” she brought producer Mike Holt to tears when she spoke of reuniting and celebrating with her late friend Rachael.
The former assistant principal was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has kept her social media followers updated throughout her treatment.
Since announcing on Monday (9 May 2022) that she would be moving to a home hospice, Deborah has raised almost £4.5million.
The columnist, known to her fans as Bowel Babe, has received donations from Prince William and Kate on her GoFundMe page.
In a tweet, William and Kate said: “Every once in a while, someone wins the heart of the nation with their zest for life and their unwavering desire to give back to society.
“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspirational.
“We are so sad to hear your recent update but are delighted to support @bowelbabef which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS, among others.
“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and friends. Thank you for bringing hope to so many living with cancer. WC.”
The Bowelbabe Fund is donated to Cancer Research UK.
Deborah said raising funds for these important causes was one thing she “always wanted to do” before she died.
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